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Jenny McCarthy Hosts DailyMail.com Party, Dishes on The View: ‘Um, I’ve seen it… once’

dailymail_comThe drinks flowed and the gossip whirled during last night’s launch party at the Daily Mail‘s New York headquarters on Astor Place, celebrating the evolution of MailOnline to the U.S.-friendly DailyMail.com masthead and URL.

Party host Jenny McCarthy (never far from the side of new hubby, Donnie Wahlberg) was beaming. No doubt in part because of her new gig on SiriusXM, Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, which the former co-host of The View described to FishbowlNY as “amazing!” McCarthy doesn’t mince words on her show and was similarly forthcoming about her thoughts on the recently revamped ABC talk show. “Um, I’ve seen it… once,” she told us before quickly adding, “I’m so happy to have my SiriusXM show.”

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NY Times KimYe Butt Correction Named Correction of The Year

At Poynter, Craig Silverman has released his annual Year in Media Errors and Corrections list, and once again, it’s a good read. The New York Times earned the honor of Correction of The Year by publishing this gem:

A truly worthy correction. It’s not often one combines butts, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and a writer getting fooled by a fake news site and radio station.

As for the Media Error of the year, we’ll give you one guess which magazine won.

Newsday Makes Two Executive Hires

newsday logo GNewsday Media Group has made two executive appointments. Details are below.

    • Paul Likins has been named vice president of digital operations. Likins most recently served as Wenner Media’s head of revenue operations and programmatic solutions. Prior to that, Likins served as director of revenue operations for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network.
    • Stefanie Angeli has joined as senior director, national sales. Angeli previously served as sales lead for Mom365.com. Prior to that, she worked for 12 years at Scholastic as associate publisher of Scholastic Parent & Child Media.

NY Times Layoffs Begin

Those layoffs at The New York Times that we’ve been hearing about have officially begun. According to a memo from the Newspaper Guild of New York, the Times is cutting 21 union members, and employees will get notice today or tomorrow.

With 57 union members and about 30 non-union members accepting a buyout, the Times will exceed its stated goal of reducing the newsroom by 100.

“Discharged employees will be presented with a severance package and will likely be told that their last day of work is sometime this week, possibly even the day they are given the news,” stated the Guild’s note. ”Regardless of when their last day is, most terminated employees will receive two weeks of notice pay. Employees hired before May 1, 1994, can be offered an additional 15 weeks of work or paid out for the time.”

Keep your heads up, everyone.

The Guild’s full memo is below.

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The Luxury Approach to Newspapers Appears to be Working

WSJSubscriptionPromoIn a December 2012 essay, New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy noted how both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times seemed headed in an elitist digital subscriber direction. This afternoon, he’s back on the same general topic and guess what? It amounts to a “Bit of Good News About Journalism.”

Cassidy reminds that full annual digital subscriptions to these newspapers (once initial promotional rates end) are pricey: $348 for the Wall Street Journal, $455 for the New York Times and $467 for the Financial Times. But for dailies lucky enough to have the right median-income reader and workplace subscriptions base, it seems to be working:

At the Financial Times, the bulk of the company’s revenues now come from digital subscriptions, and the newspaper has been profitable for quite a while. [Spokesperson Rachel] Taub also told me that profits grew in the first half of 2014, driven by a rise in digital revenues. A spokesperson for the Journal wouldn’t comment on its finances, but earlier this month, the newspaper’s corporate sibling, Times Newspapers of the United Kingdom, which publishes the Times and the Sunday Times, recorded its first operating profit in thirteen years. That’s particularly notable because Times Newspapers was one of the first UK publishers to ditch the free-content model. Five years ago, it was losing more than a hundred million dollars a year.

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NY Times to Boost Native Ads to Close Mobile Revenue Gap

The New York Times is turning to native advertising in an attempt to close its ever-widening mobile revenue gap. Plenty of readers access the Times on their phones or tablets, but the Times still doesn’t get much revenue from mobile ads. That’s a problem they’re hoping native ads will solve.

According to Ad Age, in the third quarter, just 10 percent of ad revenue for the Times was via mobile ads. Meanwhile, more than 50 percent of traffic was from mobile devices. Mark Thompson, the Times’ CEO, referred to this as a “significant delta” while speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference.

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Daily Newspaper Vet Gives Print Delivery the Boot

MaxBootTwitterProfilePicOver the years, Max Boot (pictured) has worked as an editorial writer and op-ed editor for the Wall Street Journal, assistant national editor at the Christian Science Monitor and as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. During his high school days in Reseda, California, he was the editor of both the official Cleveland High School newspaper and a second underground publication there.

As Boot writes today in Commentary, he never thought he’d see the day when no newspapers would be delivered to his doorstep. But after downscaling to weekend delivery, he has today officially made the switch to digital subscriptions only:

So what happened? In a word, the iPad. Blame or credit Steve Jobs: I have found that it’s simply easier to read newspapers on my iPad, rather than slogging downstairs to pick up the print copy – if it’s there.

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Jessica Lustig Named NY Times Mag Deputy Editor [Updated]

Jessica Lustig has been named deputy editor of The New York Times Magazine. Lustig was most recently a staff editor of the Times’ op-ed/Sunday Review.

Lustig has previously worked at The Village Voice, DetailsTime Out New York and New York.

In a memo obtained by Poynter, Times Mag editor Jake Silverstein wrote that Lustig ”brings a keen nose for writers, a brilliant sense of the ideas that animate stories, and a steady hand with copy. She has an incredibly smart feel for where the conversation is, something that will be a driving force in the magazine’s relaunch, and her excellent taste and deep moral engagement will help guide our coverage.”

Update (10:48 am):
Jenna Wortham has also joined Times Mag as a staff writer. She was most recently a tech columnist for the paper. She has been with the Times since 2008.

NY Times Delivery Truck Overturns

A truck delivering The New York Times overturned near Philly this morning, prompting headline jokes aplenty. Like…

  • News leak
  • For newspapers, a metaphor
  • Black and white and spilled all over
  • The dangers of leaning too far to the left

Hey, we didn’t say they were good jokes.

NY Times Blasts Eric Garner Decision, NYPD

NYTimeslogoIn the wake of the Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo for choking Eric Garner to death, The New York Times has published a scathing editorial condemning the ruling, Pantaleo and the NYPD.

“What is clear is this was vicious policing and an innocent man is dead,” the Times states. “Another conclusion is also obvious. Officer Pantaleo was stripped of his gun and badge; he needs to be stripped of his job. He used forbidden tactics to brutalize a citizen who was not acting belligerently, posed no risk of flight, brandished no weapon and was heavily outnumbered.”

With that set up, the Times then rightly digs into the NYPD.

“Any police department that tolerates such conduct, and whose officers are unable or unwilling to defuse such confrontations without killing people, needs to be reformed. And though the chance of a local criminal case is now foreclosed, the Justice Department is right to swiftly investigate what certainly seem like violations of Mr. Garner’s civil rights.”

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